Draft Chandigarh Energy Conservation Building Code, 2023

With the aim of conserving energy, the UT Administration has unveiled the draft Chandigarh Energy Conservation Building Code, 2023, and invited suggestions, if any, within 30 days. Formulated as per the composite climate of the city, the code will set minimum requirements for an energy-efficient design and construction of buildings. It will apply to every building, which is used or intended to be used for commercial purposes, having a connected load of 50 kilowatt (kW) or above, or a contract demand of 60 kilo volt ampere (KVA) or above. Besides, it will also apply to structures with the plot area equal to or more than 1,000 sq m or the built-up area equal to or more than 2,000 sq m (excluding non-conditioned spaces in basement). As per the functional requirement of the design, construction and use, the commercial buildings have been divided into eight categories —hospitality, healthcare, assembly, business, educational, shopping complex and mixed-use.